Do You Really Know What Your Kids are Eating at School?

While filming Two Angry Moms and writing Lunch Wars Amy Kalafa found many surprising things in school lunches. Some of the caffeinated beverages and fried foods in the school cafeteria were expected, but learning just how much of this junk food was being served at school was surprising. Things like candy being used as a reward in the classroom made her realize that kids were exposed to a lot more junk food than even she thought. ...more
My daughter is in kindergarten at a Montessori program now, but she switches to public school ... more

What Would You Ask "Girl in Translation" Author Jean Kwok?

Ever finish a book and wish that you could ask the author some questions? BlogHer Book Club featured author Jean Kwok wants to answer your questions! ...more

First of all, I so, so, so loved this book. Thank you very much for it. My husband is sitting ... more

Open Thread: Osama bin Laden Is Dead

If you're like me, you've been glued to your news channel of choice waiting for President Obama to come out and make his unanticipated late-night statement about an unidentified national security issue. ...more

I agree with you, Susan. It makes me very concerned to see celebrations of a death. Remember ... more

Digging Up the Past in Caleb's Crossing

The idea for Caleb's Crossing grew out of a notation on a map of the island of Martha's Vineyard. It marked the birthplace of the first Native American graduate of Harvard. I immediately thought of the 1960s civil rights era, and wondered if I might run into this person at the farmer's market one day. Then I learned that the graduation in question took place in the 1660s, not the 1960s. Immediately, my imagination went into hyperdrive. ...more

I really enjoyed this book and the opportunity to review it. Thanks for the additional ... more

The Government Shutdown: What's Shutting Down? Does It Affect You?

Barring a Hail Mary budget, at midnight tonight, we're going to find ourselves in the middle of a government shutdown. But what, exactly, does this mean? The last two government shutdowns came in 1995 and 1996, and we can predict a bit how this one will go based on what happened back then. ...more

I wish I believed that crisis was averted last night, but...I don't.

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Caleb's Crossing: Absorbing and Believable

She slips into the wilderness in secret and I find myself, in the age of social media and modern freedoms, inexplicably identifying with her as she questions her religious colonial upbringing. It is Caleb's Crossing only in as much as the title that adorns the front of the paperback in my hands....more

I didn't mind the ending--I actually was satisfied with it. It said to me that there are no ... more

Caleb's Crossing: An Unexpected Historical Fiction Surprise

I wish Caleb's Crossing had started on page 21. Here's why: As someone not accustomed to the language of the 1600s and not enamored with the treatment of women at that time, I don't think I would've stayed with Caleb's Crossing until it hit its stride -- for me on page 21 -- had I not committed to reading it for this book club. ...more

It took me longer than 21 pages to get into it. It was actually when she met Samuel that I ... more

Finally "someone" addresses rationale why government employees earn nearly 2xs as much as private employees. *Charges with spear* #govtshtdw

Finally "someone" addresses rationale why government employees earn nearly 2xs as much as private employees. *Charges with spear* #govtshtdw ...more

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The Government Shutdown: What's Shutting Down? Does It Affect You?

Barring a Hail Mary budget, at midnight tonight, we're going to find ourselves in the middle of a government shutdown. But what, exactly, does this mean? The last two government shutdowns came in 1995 and 1996, and we can predict a bit how this one will go based on what happened back then. ...more

While I think the shutdown is a really bad thing, it's the reality of the situation. I could ... more

HomeGoods Holiday Shopping List Sweepstakes

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I was able to get this fantastic solar outdoor lamp for a griend from high school. I love ... more